Did you know that Abraham Lincoln lost five elections before he became president? Thomas Edison had approximately one thousand failed attempts when inventing the light bulb. What if either one of them gave up? I shudder just thinking about it.
There are so many defining and heart-felt underdog stories about that one HEROIC and powerful statement – NEVER GIVE UP! What does “never giving up” mean to you? Is it never giving up on a healthy diet? Perhaps it is never giving up on finding love. How about Lebron “The King” James winning his fourth NBA championship and fourth Finals MVP. Wow, now there is an inspirational man who never gives up! Never giving up isn’t always champagne sprays and victory, though. It can be challenging, full of risks, blood, sweat and tears. Maybe it is a struggling single parent working three jobs and never giving up wanting a better life for her kids, or the homeless person never giving up on food or shelter each day. What about the sick patient who is not even aware how much fight they have in them? They are in it day by day, minute by minute, never giving up. It comes down to grit and determination! Sometimes we don’t even realize we have any of this “can do” attitude in us until faced head on with life’s hurdles.
Nelson Mandela, the man who has the most life-loyal determination and quoted inspiration once said, “A Winner is a DREAMER who NEVER GIVES UP.” That seems to sum it up – right?
A dream really starts out as a mustard seed of a thought which evolves into a small promise and belief! This perseverance rolls into fire within propelling us forward. This small seed is really the foundation of our own life’s story. It is our personal journal filled with our unique beliefs and fight. The never give up “dream diary” can start from draft mode and turn into truth and reality before we even realize it. I don’t know about you, but I am still greatly inspired by the Lincolns, Edisons and Mandelas of yesteryear as well as the “Kings” of today. A minuscule thought can grow into profound desire, healing, and trust in ourselves and can also lead to the inspiration and hope we leave to those behind us. The pen is in your hand. What will your words say? Will you leave them blank or will you continue to DREAM BIG and NEVER GIVE UP believing in a bold, brave you?